Stop Japan's Financing of Indonesia Coal Plant
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Stop Japan's Financing of Indonesia Coal Plant

Protest at Japanese embassy against financing coal plants in Indonesia and elsewhere.  
Protest at Japanese embassy against financing coal plants in Indonesia and elsewhere.Photo via FOE.  
Protests took place in Washington, DC, Japan and Indonesia demanding that Japan stop financing coal projects in Japan, Indonesia, and around the world. Protesters at each event delivered a letter with these demands signed by over 220 groups - including ETAN - from 43 countries.

Read full letter and list of signers here (PDF)

Below is an excerpt:


Japan has a history of encouraging continued dependence on coal even as the science and deadly climate impacts have shown the urgent need to keep fossil fuels in the ground....  Japan remains the world’s number one supporter of overseas coal  to the detriment of the planet and people. Initiating new coal-fired power plants in 2016 risks locking in damaging carbon emissions for decades to come, at a time when the world has agreed in the Paris Agreement that every country must play their part in dramatically decreasing emissions.

One example is the Batang coal-fired power plant in Central Java, Indonesia. Even though the project owners have failed to ensure “social acceptability” for the project in an appropriate manner and have blocked landowners and farmers from the land they depend on for their livelihood without their agreement, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has so far failed to reject financing for the project. Coal-fired plants cause grave damage to the climate, but they are burden local communities with millions of dollars in negative health impacts and shortened life expectancies. In light of the negative environmental, social, and climate impacts, and the human rights violations associated with the project, we strongly urge JBIC to reject financing for the project ahead of its financial closure deadline on April 6, 2016.

The project proponents and the Indonesian government have failed to implement the appropriate environmental and social considerations according to the JBIC Guidelines. Late last year, an Indonesian state-sanctioned but independent Human Rights Commission even warned the Japanese government to review human rights violations surrounding the land acquisition process. The Japanese government and JBIC must immediately urge the project proponents to ensure free access to the unsold farmland, to prevent any unnecessary conflict and so that the farmers can maintain their livelihoods....


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See also FOE: Activists protest Japan’s controversial coal financing during Prime Minister Abe's visit (Mar. 31, 2016)

Open letter from civil society groups opposing the World Bank support of coal in Indonesia (October 2, 2013)


ETAN is "A voice of reason, criticizing the administration's reluctance to address ongoing human rights violations and escalating oppression in West Papua and against religious minorities throughout Indonesia."

Noam Chomsky

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